11 February 2022 – Two new Memory Studies series:
Brill’s Handbook Series in Memory Studies
In 2021 we have started working on the first volume in this series:
Memory Studies in Southeast Asia: A Handbook, and will soon expand to cover more regions to offer a comparative insight in how Memory Studies applied to different regions can offer new tools, approaches and insights to scholars working on Memory Studies at large.
Brill’s Handbook Series in Memory Studies is a multi-volume, multi-disciplinary, and transnational reference guide to the rapidly expanding field of memory studies in the global context. Mapping existing and new terrains in memory studies, the series approaches the question of memory regionally and thematically.
It offers comprehensive overviews of key debates, summarizes central theoretical insights, defines keywords, provides illustrative case studies, and identifies emerging directions in memory studies within and across regions and themes. The series features contributions from established and emerging scholars across different continents and disciplines who center memory in their analyses of the past, present, and future.
Memory is always moving ‒ between the individual and the collective, the local and the (trans)national, the past, the present, and the future. Remembering simultaneously creates and reveals connections across cultural, sociopolitical, and epistemological spheres. Such entanglements can be uneven or ambivalent in nature. Recent approaches frame and understand memory discourses as mobile, with the potential to mobilize individual and collective agency to serve diverging political ends.
Memory studies, consolidated as a field of research over the past few decades, remains a vibrant intellectual and political project, particularly since broadening its conceptual and contextual horizons beyond the received paradigms of nation, region, and culture. Responding to this development, the editors of this series are particularly interested in projects that adopt a comparative approach, bringing postcolonial, migration, transregional, social movement, and performance studies into dialogue with memory studies. In this vein, we welcome scholarly work which explores memory in relation to postcoloniality, transculturality, and intersectionality, as well as projects that interrogate how memories can be a resource for the future which they inevitably shape.